Mary Kathleen "Kathi" Alto, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, age 69, of Las Cruces entered eternal life Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center with her husband at her side. Kathi, as she was fondly known, was born April 20, 1945 in Arlington, Virginia to Stephen and Anne Keenan Smith. She previously lived in Brooklyn and Orange County New York.
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Kathi worked as a counselor for many years and ended her career at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope where she was beloved by many for her empathy and will be missed by those whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her loving husband of twelve years, James Alto of the family home; two sons, Daniel Williams and Liam Dougherty; a daughter, Mary L. Dougherty and a sister, Patricia. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Beth and a son, Jamie.
A memorial will be held Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the conference room of the Community of Hope, 999 West Amador Drive, Las Cruces.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to Mesilla Community of Hope or
in memory of Kathi.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 300 E. Boutz Road Las Cruces 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care". For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 15, 2014